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Deschamps: Lloris place faces threat

The France coach Didier Deschamps has said he would have to think about goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris's international place if he fails to play regularly for new club Tottenham.

Lloris, 25, joined the Londoners on transfer deadline day for almost £8 million but faces a battle to oust 41-year-old first choice Brad Friedel, who produced an outstanding performance in Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Norwich at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

He is also in competition with Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini, and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas warned that a big transfer fee was no guarantee of a first-team place. "When you transfer, it's not written in the contract that you have to play," he said.

"He has to compete against three good goalkeepers, and at the moment Brad is doing extremely well. He [Friedel] deserves to be playing and he'll continue to do so."

Deschamps said he was "surprised" by the comments, telling a press conference at France's Clairefontaine training base: "I saw what Villas-Boas said. These statements surprised me.

"If I comment, it will make an echo on the other side of the Channel. I'm not going to create a problem that I don't have today. I have other problems to solve but, if it happens, it deserves consideration.

"I do not want Hugo put in this situation. He did not appreciate the statements. You all know the value of Hugo. He is focused on these two games [World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Belarus] and I hope that, after that, it will go well for him."

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